Video footage LEAKS from Cameroon World Cup camp of manager Rigobert Song revealing how exiled goalkeeper Andre Onana CRIED, refused to speak to him and ‘broke the team’s honour’ before being sent home from Qatar
Leaked footage has shown Cameroon boss Rigobert Song revealing how his exiled goalkeeper Andre Onana cried and refused to talk to him before he was sent home from their World Cup camp.
Song and Onana were involved in a ‘blazing row’ during their time in Qatar as they reportedly clashed over goalkeeping styles – with the coach unhappy with his No 1 taking too many risks with his feet.
A shouting match is then said to have ensued, with Onana insisting he would not change his style. He was later removed from their squad and replaced with Devis Epassy – who conceded three times in a 3-3 draw against Serbia.
Leaked footage has shown Cameroon boss Rigobert Song detailing how Andre Onana cried and refused to speak to him before sending him home from their World Cup camp
Onana (left) and Song (right) were reportedly involved in a blazing row at their Qatar base
Now Song has detailed exactly what was said during their tense discussions after a clip was leaked of him explaining the situation to what appears to be a member of his coaching staff.
The ex-Galatasary man claimed that Onana became tearful after he approached him to discuss his displays and that he avoided speaking to him.
‘The day of the game with Serbia I told Onana that I needed to talk to him and he started crying,’ Song said in the video.
‘I told him, “I don’t have time to discuss these issues. I called you yesterday and you didn’t talk to me. I had chats with Aboubakar, Choupo-Moting and Anguissa, who are the most representative players in the team; why shouldn’t I talk to you?”
‘Onana puts on a show in training but takes too many risks during games. I told him repeatedly, “You should take no risks. Pass the ball wide, not in the middle”.
Onana has been involved in controversies and off-the-field incidents in recent years
He only played in one Cameroon’s opener at the World Cup, the 1-0 defeat to Switzerland on Thursday
‘He told me, “I am playing, I don’t have time to talk to you”. When he was at the hotel, he didn’t talk to me, but went to President Samuel [Eto’o] and he sent him I don’t know where.’
Song later said his decision to send him home was ‘for the team’s good, given that his honour [in] Cameroon had been broken’.
Onana’s removal from the Cameroon team is the latest controversy involving the goalkeeper, who last year served a nine-month ban for breaching doping regulations.
Onana was initially banned for 12 months after failing a drugs test but the sanction was cut by three months after UEFA accepted he mistook one of his wife’s pills for a headache tablet.
Onana was also involved in a car accident in March this year while on his way to link up with the Cameroon team – walking away unscathed before starting for his side in their World Cup play-off tie with Algeria.